Back to the Boston Harbor Islands!


Destination: Grape Island

Greetings from Branching Out.  This is Bukhari  Brown here  writing on the behalf of our work this week. For the last three days we have once again gone out to the Boston Harbor Islands for another project in removing invasive species. This week we were on Grape Island, named for the grapes that grow here. This island is one of the most untouched islands in the entire national park. It comprises of two drumlins connected by a freshwater marsh, one of very few freshwater areas in the entire park. Our removal project was based around removing harmful non-native species such as Mile a Minute, Buckwood, honeysuckle, and bittersweet. We were only successful in identifying these ecological threats with the assistance of our technical expert Bill and Jess: a biological technician working for harbor islands along with other national parks such as Saugus Iron Works and Fredrick Law Olmsted national historical site and a  (insert Jess’s info)With their help, we were able to use our hand saws and loppers in order to remove these invasive species. At the end of the project we were able to remove a substantial amount of these invasives and gave native plants a fighting chance at surviving and sustaining the ecosystem of the park. Though we worked in heavy rain and hot temperatures on an island with a large tick population, it feels great to know that we have had an outstanding  impact on the ecosystem of the island. Until next time, toodles!
Here are a few photos from our project on Grape Island:

2 responses to “Back to the Boston Harbor Islands!

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  2. Hi Bukhari. Your work sounds great. Do you mean buckthorn? It is a beautiful and spooky type small multi-stemmed tree or large shrub. When it is pruned and trained it can be a wonderful fall color specimen with dimpled bark and lovely long thorns, an accent tree in a mixed shub planting. Those on the island look like firewood to me, all overgrown and falling apart.

    I work with Bill Fuchs over here at Olmsted’s home. He is great, isn’t he? What a great help to have a park biologist and weed specialist to document the worst problems and do a report and even help us whack the weeds down and dispose of them!


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